Ferrari put two roosters in their hen house

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Ferrari’s 2014 driver line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso will be the first time in 60 years they have fielded two world champions.

The team’s long standing preference for having clear ‘number one’ and ‘number two’ drivers explains why F1’s oldest outfit hasn’t paired two world champions since they turned up at Monza in 1953 with half-a-dozen entries including Alberto Ascari and Giuseppe Farina.

Even as recently as last year, president Luca di Montezemolo insisted “I don’t want to have two roosters in the same hen house”.

Montezemolo was referring to rumours that Sebastian Vettel might join Fernando Alonso at the team. But in rehiring Raikkonen – a world champion and winner of 20 grands prix – they have now done exactly that.

The need to get the best

As argued here previously, the move makes sense for Ferrari. The 2010 points system change made life harder for teams who don’t pick the two best drivers available to them.

This year’s championship contest has underlined that point. For the third year in a row, Massa has thus far failed to score as much as half of Alonso’s points tally. Meanwhile Ferrari find themselves under pressure from Mercedes who have a pair of race-winning drivers.

It’s not just the points system which impels Ferrari to increase the quality of their driver partnership. Car performance between the top teams has converged in recent years, making it imperative for teams to ensure both drivers are getting the most out of their equipment.

This wasn’t the case a decade ago. In the early 2000s Ferrari could count on building a car that would take pole position by a second and win by a minute. Therefore they could afford to partner Michael Schumacher with someone who wasn’t going to get anywhere near him.

The rules have tightened so sharply since then that no team – not even reigning multiple world champions Red Bull – enjoy anything like that kind of performance advantage. In Mark Webber, Vettel has a team mate who has usually put him under more pressure than Massa has Alonso. That is set to change.

For Ferrari, rehiring Raikkonen has the added benefit of throwing down the gauntlet to Red Bull, who passed him over in favour of promoting Daniel Ricciardo. But it does raise the question why Ferrari they let him go in the first place.

How will Alonso react?

The most fascinating aspect of today’s news is how Alonso will respond to being partnered with a competitive team mate for the first time in seven years.

Alonso repeatedly made plain his preference was for Massa to remain at the team. Alonso described the pairing as a “very strong team” and reiterated his support for his team mate on the day before Massa’s departure was announced.

Alonso has not come under serious pressure from the other half of his team’s garage since he was teamed with Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2007. The explosive consequences of Alonso’s demands for preferential treatment not being met are well known. Relations between Alonso and McLaren deteriorated to the extent that he tipped the FIA off about the team’s use of confidential information from (ironically) Ferrari which he had been involved in.

Renault team principal Flavio Briatore was more willing to indulge Alonso’s ‘number one’ preference during their time at Renault. But it’s hard to imagine Raikkonen being willing to go to the lengths some of Alonso’s team mates have to support his title chances.

In his last Ferrari stint Raikkonen showed he was willing to yield to his team mate when his own championship chances were over – as he did at Shanghai in 2008.

But would he give up a clear shot at a race win while still in contention for the championship, as Massa did for Alonso at Hockenheim three years ago? Would he tolerate Ferrari purposefully earning him a five-place grid penalty so his team mate could gain a position on the grid, as they did in America last year? Or spend time trying to help his team mate in qualifying by giving him a tow, as Massa did last weekend?

Some Ferrari insiders apparently believe Alonso will easily have the beating of Raikkonen. But both are top-drawer drivers and there are going to be days when one is ahead of the other. And it’s hard to imagine a fellow world champion of Alonso’s, who fought him for the title in 2005, being as subservient as Massa has.

Over to you

How will Ferrari handle having two top drivers in their team next year? And which of the two will come out on top? Have your say in the comments.

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158 comments on “Ferrari put two roosters in their hen house”

  1. This is a very smart move by Ferrari and Alonso will just have to accept that he will be likely beaten by his teamate sometimes next year. I think it will be close between them, I’m so excited!!

    1. It surely wil be harder for Alonso to win another championship now there is a world champion in the same car.

      1. But then it is up to FA to raise his game, and what I like about the 2 rooster philosophy is that there are 2 of the best drivers available on this top team to help develope it and push each other. So there is a good chance KR’s addition will help the car development and from there it is simply up to FA to use it.

        Imho, if FA can do even better than he has been, by being pushed physically on the track and psychologically on and off the track, then when he does win another WDC having beaten a WDC in the same car, the trophy will be that much more sweet and meaningful. And same for KR if it happens to go his way instead.

        Also, I’m not convinced FA was insisting on preferential treatment at Mac. I think there is a chance that he legitimately just wanted to be treated equally at a time when he didn’t think he was. I think he would have been happy being satisfied by the team that he was getting equal treatment to LH, but certainly if there are quotes from FA during that year or after with him insisting on number one status vs. LH, then I will gladly stand corrected.

        1. I think u r absolutely right, I also think the FA did not win any WC cause he was so helped by his teammate not having to work hard for it. Think about its karma like

  2. Alonso has a habit of making his once-highly-rated teammates (Fisichella before he came to Renault, Massa before Fernando joined Ferrari) look very ordinary. With the benefit of hindsight it’s easy to say (though harder to prove) that neither of those two were actually any good, but at the time they were very highly regarded in the F1 paddock.

    Raikkonen is slightly different in that he’s already a world champion, but it’s definitely worth noting that he was edged by Massa for much of the time they were at Ferrari together. Has Felipe really got that much worse since his accident, or is Alonso simply a much better driver? The exciting thing, now, is that we’ll get to find out – but my money’s on Fernando.

    1. Red, just look what Kimi has achieved this and last year with a inferior machine compared to Massa. I’m a Brazilian by the way and never supported Massa. For me it doesn’t matter a driver’s nationality. I support a driver for his ability and personality. Kimi is far superior driver compared to Massa and I’m sure next year we can see two top drivers in the same machinery. Sure it’s going to be epic to see how those two will fight for the wins and my bet is that Alonso is going to crack under pressure.

      1. @rogercamp

        inferior machine compared to Massa

        Actually in terms of one-lap pace the Ferrari and Lotus this year are probably the two most closely-matched cars on the grid.

      2. @Roger Camp i would agree with Keith Collantine. The Lotus and Ferrari are about the same in terms of pace. Alonso has just managed to wring out so much performance out of that car that it is near miraculous.

        Also I think people forget that Kimi didn’t really leave Ferrari in the best of terms. So Kimi has much to prove to the team as well. As for Alonso, I don’t know why people keep bringing up 2007. He’s not in his 20s. He’s a matured driver who I see has really grown into a complete driver. What Kimi lacks that Alonso has is consistency.

        Lets just hope that 2014 is a good year for Ferrari and F1 in general because I’m really tired of seeing RB unchallenged.

    2. Much is made of 2008 season and the fact that Massa was the title contender of the Ferrari and the start of 2009. However, one should not forget the rotten luck of Raikonnen in the first half of that season which led to him being behind (specially after Spa where he was leading the race until the rain and challenge of Hamilton) and as such he returned the courtesy Felipe gave to him the previous year and supported him all the way.
      2009 was a year that Ferrari in the first half of the season was beyond terrible and Kimi was more affected by that. But after they modified the car a bit he had the greatest run of scores and podiums and even won in Spa with that crap of a car. Felipe in 2008 was indeed a class act, but that doesn’t mean that Kimi was bad.

      1. Kimi got a lot of crap during the 2009 season. But people forget to compare his pace and results compared to Fisichella and Badoer, who both had a stint in the second car (after Massas accident). Fisichella and Badoer was nowhere in pace compared to Kimi. He more or less lapped them both. That really showed how good Kimi performed in an “undrivable” car. His achievements in that car was way better than many remember…

      2. one should not forget the rotten luck of Raikonnen in the first half of that season which led to him being behind (specially after Spa where he was leading the race until the rain and challenge of Hamilton)

        Before that, Hamilton crashed into Kimi’s car in Canada, on the exit of the pit lane, Kimi was by the side of Kubica fighting for the win. In Monaco something went wrong with the tyre strategy which forced Kimi to pit again after few laps, sending him way back. Kimi started from 2nd that race and ended 9th. In France, Kimi was comfortably leading the race when his car’s exhaust broke. When I see people saying Kimi was beaten by Massa en 2008 I find it just ridiculous. Massa getting more points that season is due to other things, not ability or talent. If Massa is better driver than Kimi, why is he being replaces by Kimi? Ferrari knows better.

        1. @rogercamp – Consider it a fluke season for Massa, but even with all that, Massa still would have beaten Kimi Raikkonen in 2008. (Though the analysis didn’t consider Kimi’s penalty in Monaco due to engineers working on his car too close to the formation lap, but even if he would have somehow won, this wouldn’t have given him enough points).

        2. You are also ignoring the fact that in Monaco Kimi was running 5th with just a handful of laps remaining before he crashed into the back of sutil, who was running a remarkable 4th, hence why Kimi had to pit again and finished much further back than he was on course to.

          1. The pit stop I was referring to was before that crash of course. I didn’t say he finished way back, he was sent back. I don’t remember in which position exactly he returned after that pit. I’ve checked here, but there’s no mention to this specific situation. I remember though that after the rain, many drivers changed to dry tyres, but Kimi came with intermediates and they were destroyed after few laps. Apart from that, Kimi was called into the pit lane for a drive-through penalty after failing to have his tyres attached by the three-minute warning before the race. It was messy race.

        3. Massa is not the same driver anymore after Turkey. Alonso did no help him to recover his confidence. Kimi was probably a better driver in that period motivated, but is unfair to say that Massa was not fast. They were evenly matched. I think that Kimi after winning his first title, probably got more relaxed. But I think that right now he is in his peak of performance and motivation, especially with the idea of beating Alonso in the same machinery. I bet the iceman will be better than the crying baby.

        4. thank you for elaborating what I meant by Kimi’s “rotten luck” in 2008. Was too lazy to gather all the details :)

    3. @red-andy Alonso has to up his game just a little notch . IF ONLY they have a better car in 2014 …….

      Imagine merc , ferrari , Red Bull closely matched for pace . that would be a treat but highly unlikely .

    4. @red-andy Kimi is mentally quite a lot tougher than Fisichella, Massa, or perhaps even Alonso. Coming back to F1 after two seasons in WRC, he was immediately on the pace. So next year we will probably have one of these two kinds of partnerships:
      1.) Alonso – Hamilton in 2007
      2.) Button – Hamilton 2010-2012
      Since Kimi has shown ability to be a team player in 2008 and Alonso seems to have matured since he came to Ferrari I am really hoping for the second option.
      And if the fire starts it will likely be Alonso who will ignite it although I think they will (eventually??) get along nice.

    5. @red-andy as much as I love Kimi, I can’t see Alonso getting beaten consistently by him…

      That said, it is fantastic for Ferrari to finally have two guys that can take points off the others, like Webber did/does. Having a guy that challenges you for a win, makes the rivals fight for 3rd place or below. That’s what Ferrari need, specially when Vettel will have the whole team for his own next year.

      1. Vettel will have the whole team for his own next year.

        I sincerely think Vettel has have the whole team for his own at least since he took his first championship.

        On the other hand, I agree with you that will be a big challenge for Alonso to have Kimi as team mate. But I am not quite sure Ferrari will manage this situation properly. They are not used to, and they already have their own leadership problems. We will see.

  3. I’m very much looking forward to Alonso lighting some fireworks in 2014…. and Kimi ignoring them

  4. Why did Ferrari sack Kimi in 2009? I think Alonso’s behaviour in the past few weeks is a clue.

    1. @sandy No, they just finally realized they could not make good enough cars to give Alonso WDC and make ordinary drive win sometime as well as WCC. Now they decided to use 2 top class drivers to win WCC with not-that-bad-car.

    2. He was drunk way too often. It’s not a joke, he was drinking beyond tolerance and his last few tenth of a second of pace were lost. I have worked very closely for 5 years to a Ferrari Team member who worked with him and the thing that kept him going was his immense talent.

      1. Then it’s clear. Kimi’s the best of the two.
        If you drive that way when drinking too much (and smoking too, I heard…), then you got to be the best.

        By the way what I heard was this:
        Schumacher was the car development driver during that time. And he didn’t want Kimi to win, so he introduced another suspension without informing Kimi – and at the same time the team all of a sudden started talking about ‘motivation’. First ‘good motivation’ or ‘Kimi’s motivated’ but after they sawn the word, they used it against him. Combined with changing the car, ditching strategies etcetera they made the way clear for Santanders money.

        Oh…F1 rumours…

      2. I have to admit though, when Kimi got on the podium after winning his WDC, the way he first of all drank his champagne before anything else, made me wonder about his relation with alcohol.

        1. It’s been reported also that the team doctor at the time claimed that his body was so acquainted to alcohol that a shot before the race may have made him faster. It was said as a joke but it was such a consistent problem that noone could stop it. I personally adore him as a driver. People who have worked with him at Ferrari told me that any time they put him in the car, in any condition, he instantly would go insanely fast. I doubt that Schumi didn’t like him. In fact MS pushed him at Ferrari. Surely many expert eyes, including my humble ones, consider him the purest, rawest talent of the last 10 years

  5. Can’t imagine Raikkonen agreeing to a deal that wouldn’t grant him parity – if he can’t win a championship it surely doesn’t matter where he cannot do that.

    As to Alonso being the quicker qualifier than Raikkonen – really? First lap and in the race in general, I agree, but one lap pace is where Alonso lacks.

    1. I have to disagree on raw pace of Alonso: Massa is not slow at all on a single lap and Fernando has been faster most of times. He just hasn’t driven a fast enough car. Nearly all those 20 drivers with Vettel’s car car do a top 3 qualifying.

      1. @nuvolari71 – How so? For Webber to qualify well in the Red Bulls, he has to draw on his almost universally recognizable great qualifying pace (which is much superior to Massa’s), which still doesn’t always get him in the top three.

        1. Sorry but to compare Massa with Webber on different cars is not proper. Webber faster than Massa on which basis? If you read well I said almost all of those 20 guys can do it. Car counts far more than drivers. To tell you more, I have been many times to the F1 test days with the young drivers in Yas, where I work, and almost all of them, 2 days after the GP lap the same time or even faster than the official drivers and the difference between cars is the same you see during the GP. Webber is fractionally slower than Vettel, in many cases a couple of tenth, not 7 tenth like all other cars. It’s a huge difference.

          1. @nuvolari71

            Sorry but to compare Massa with Webber on different cars is not proper. Webber faster than Massa on which basis?

            How can we determine that anyone is better than anyone? There are many drivers Hamilton and Raikkonen hasn’t been teammates with, for example, but looking at how they has perform, relative to their cars, we can figure out that they are clearly amongst the best. Can you honestly claim that Massa, from 2010-2013, scoring less than half the points Alonso, has seriously come close to maximising his car? The majority appear to believe that Webber has been better in recent years, too. And so does Keith, in his mid-season rankings.

            If you read well I said almost all of those 20 guys can do it. Car counts far more than drivers.

            Ironically, the performance of the top cars is actually much closer nowadays compared to 10-20 years ago, considering the ever-tighter rules and restrictions.

            To tell you more, I have been many times to the F1 test days with the young drivers in Yas, where I work, and almost all of them, 2 days after the GP lap the same time or even faster than the official drivers and the difference between cars is the same you see during the GP.

            If the differences between the cars were so significant, with drivers not really making a difference, then you would always have the cars qualifying next to each other on the grid, which you should know, is far from always the case. Hulkenberg last weekend, Hamilton in Germany, and Vettel in Malaysia being good examples of this. The drivers that are recognised as the best on the current grid (SV, FA, LH, KR) have proven themselves as the best under higher pressure conditions, on race weekends, that are completely different circumstances to hundreds of laps of testing on a rubbered in track.

            Webber is fractionally slower than Vettel, in many cases a couple of tenth, not 7 tenth like all other cars. It’s a huge difference.

            You have plucked a figure of 7 tenths out of nowhere. There is not a 7 tenths per lap difference between each of the front running cars. But there is an average 6 tenths gap this year between Vettel and his teammate.

          2. i was talking about the speed over a lap…. you’ve lost the point. We are talking about speed, not intelligence, consistency etc etc
            As far as cars is concerned, Marussias stay with Marussias, Force india close to Force India. (RBR are what, a 3 seconds a lap faster than a Marussia???! you call it close?) If this does not happen, it means a driver is better than his team mate. (some drivers pay to drive, other dont need to because they are better) Simple as that. Massa has not been C O N S I S T E N T. His speed over a lap is a different story.
            7 tenth was an example. It’s a normal gap between a ferrari and a RBR in recent weeks. With a half second difference you dont win a championship.
            By the way Hulk is an experienced driver; his rookie team mate wont probably have a seat next year… that’s why they dont qualify very often on the same line.

          3. @nuvolari71

            i was talking about the speed over a lap….

            Yes, and I gave you numerous examples of drivers who extract more over 1 lap than expected. Massa unfortunately, the eyes of many, has been the poorest of the experienced front-runners since 2010, in all areas, including one lap speed, by far. He is not a benchmark for the car’s pace.

            As far as cars is concerned, Marussias stay with Marussias, Force india close to Force India. (RBR are what, a 3 seconds a lap faster than a Marussia???! you call it close?)

            I clearly said “front running”. Marussias are not “front running” cars. RBR are usually rivalled by Lotus, Ferrari and Mercedes. Those four are what can be considered “front running” cars. That the fastest cars are 3 seconds ahead of the backmarkers proves little. Go back 15-20 years, and you’ll see how much closer in terms of speed the cars currently are.

            By the way Hulk is an experienced driver; his rookie team mate wont probably have a seat next year… that’s why they dont qualify very often on the same line.

            And Gutierrez is just one of many who wouldn’t qualify at the front, even with a strong car. If Webber doesn’t always get his RBR into the top three, with his qualifying reputation, what chance do the drivers who aren’t highly regarded have?

  6. Smedley: “Kimi, Fernando is faster than you”

    Kimi: ***** OFF leave me alone

    1. Good One. But Smedley may not be there. He will go with Massa I believe. Kimi will get his Engineer Mark Slade I guess.

      1. I thought Mark Slade and Cairan Pilbeam had swapped for 2013, and now Slade was Webber’s engineer at Red Bull, and Pilbeam Kimi’s at Lotus?

        1. Simon Rennie moved to Red Bull as Webber’s Rce Engineer. Pilbeam is not Raikonen’s race engineer. He is chief race engineer at Lotus. Mark Slade remained at Lotus and is Kimi’s race engineer.

        2. @voisey Mark’s engineer is Simon Rennie – the one who had to listen to “leave me alone, I know what I’m doing” – but Simon wasn’t actually Kimi’s race engineer in 2012.

    2. or “really? then tell him to come and overtake me if he can or go **** himself ” :-)

    3. Kimi: Where is he anyway?

    4. @Akio Jokes Apart to be fair on Kimi. When things were not going his way in 2008 and when Massa was fighting for the championship, Kimi did help him in a few occasions.

      It is not like Kimi is a stubborn person. He understands the dynamics very well.

      Now the Question is Which Driver will get the Odd Number and who will end up with the even Number on the car ?

      1. @tmax certainly Alonso will get the odd number (unless by some miracle Kimi wins the world championship) – he’s both moving into a new team and is lower in the world championship standings.

        1. ….but the only driver to win WDC for Ferrari since Schumi :-)

  7. This is an awesome opportunity for Alonso to show everyone that judging his character based no a single year in 2007 is unfair. He’s going to get along with Kimi easily.

    1. Not just 2007, but 2004. Apparently Flavio wasn’t happy with Trulli beating his golden boy and looked for a reason to kick Trulli out. Yes, Trulli made a blunder that year that allowed Barrichello through for 3rd place on the final corner of the French Grand Prix but did they forget it’s the same driver who won their only race that year while their supposedly star driver crashed out trying to lap RSC? I don’t see them being in a rush to get rid of Fisi after he failed to defend 1st place from Raikkonen at Suzuka 2005 on the lap as well, or better yet Piquet Jr. despite massive underperforming in 2008 (He eventually got fired but it’s more of Crashgate than his performance).

      To show the margin of superiority Trulli had in the first half of that year, he led Alonso 46-45 upon getting booted out of Renault by the Belgian Grand Prix and failing to score points for 5 races in a row after the whole French Grand Prix incident… I suspect that if he hadn’t known that he won’t be retained after 2004, he’d beaten Alonso on merit. A shame he couldn’t wait one more year to unleash his potential, he’d probably had been WDC after seeing how dominant Renault was in 2005-2006.

      1. While I was a fan of Trulli, let’s not forget the infamous Trulli-trains. The 2004 Renault was a good car and Alonso still a tad inexperienced, while Trulli had been in F1 for a while. I think Trulli was fired for more reasons than France 2004 and his non-points finishes, as he talked quite frankly about Alonso getting updates before he did and having more influence on the team. Exposing the inner-team workings is effectively what got Piquet jnr fired as well. I do feel Briatore made a mistake, but then, he never was a very rational team boss…

        I don’t think Trulli would have come anywhere near the WDC in 2005/6 even if he was retained. Alonso would have still gotten better updates, and with Raikkonen, Montoya, Alonso and Schumacher having better race skills than Trulli, I think he’d get a lot more poles, but not many more wins.

        1. @npf1 -maybe unrelated, but IMO-
          Trulli train happened because the regulation was simply made that possible. with refuelling in pitstop, some guys can benefitted in a way or another. Trulli had shown that he’s got great defending skills at that time, sometimes with high fuel load he can prevent everybody pass. he’s also one of the greatest qualifier in 2000s, I should say.

          if Lord of the Rings producers need another person casted as Gandalf, Trulli is simply the one. YOU SHALL NOT PASS! :D

          1. Trulli did what he could and rightly so, but with F1 cars’ difficulty to overtake at the time and his excellent strategy and defense (this continued at Toyota) his prime starting position usually meant the drivers in front of him could run away while any top driver unfortunate enough to be behind would have to revise their strategy or wait for Trulli to fall off, which he sometimes did late in a race. (The already-mentioned France 2004 incident being a prime example of that.)

            Trulli did what he should do, but for F1, it was a pretty boring and telling sight of the mid-2000s.

        2. @npf1

          Exposing the inner-team workings is effectively what got Piquet jnr

          On the other hand, Alonso, a la Snowden, got his team $100 million fine…

      2. @woshidavid95
        Alonso beat Trulli in points, position, or whatever you want to take it…just compare the data of Alonso vs Trulli partnership….Till now no one of Alonso’s teammate has outscore Alonso in their partnership.

        And Personally i think that no one has the ability to outscore him with the same car, that is my personal opinion.
        Instead Raikkonen could help him more then Massa did by beating Hamilton or Vettel in Ferrari provide a good car

        1. @nomore

          Till now no one of Alonso’s teammate has outscore Alonso in their partnership.

          Lewis Hamilton in 2007? He outscored him and took 2nd place in the WDC. That was despite Alonso’s antics.

          1. @einariliyev

            Do you know what outscore means ?
            In case not : that means have more points.

            Did Hamilton get more points then Alonso in 2007 ?
            You know or not ?
            In case not :

          2. Lewis didn’t outscore him. They were level on points and Lewis was placed higher in a championship table because of more 2nd places.

          3. OK fair enough – Hamilton didn’t ‘outscore’ Alonso, put he did ‘beat’ him in the championship.

        2. @npf1 I’d say 2004 was more of Trulli upping his game rather than Alonso being inexperienced, he was the better driver in 2003 after all. And basically, you’ve just conceded that Trulli never had the same opportunities as Alonso when you made the whole claim on Alonso receiving updates first amd whatnot, and as such never could fulfill his potential. Oh, and does it matter that those aforementioned drivers are better racers? Trulli’s then prodiguous qualifying allowed him to overcome that as seen from the first half of 2004. Basically, those Trulli trains are more of Trulli outperforming the Toyota in qualifying but only cruising along in races since nobody could overtake him.
          True, but that’s more of Trulli not being given the same opportunities as Alonso, as explained by @npf1. We have every reason to believe Trulli could have and would have beaten Alonso if he had, as seen from the first half of 2004.

          1. Trulli trains were also telling of his inability to give everything in a race. Let’s not forget how destroyed he looked after one of his Toyota podiums and stated he did ‘all qualifying laps’ to get there. And it’s not as if Glock didn’t do well in qualifying with those Toyota’s as well. Again, I am a fan of Trulli, but he wasn’t that great, especially near the end of his career.

            And again, I do feel he could have done better had he gotten better parts and treatment at Renault, but Alonso improved a lot between 2004 and 2006. With Trulli being at his peak in the first half of 2004, I highly doubt equal treatment would have given Trulli the upper hand. Alonso is the better racer. Being a better racer means you can easily get by a good qualifier, which is what those guys often did when Trulli had a good qualifying.

          2. @npf1
            Yeah true, no denying that Trulli in 2011 was simply woeful but at his prime he was more than a match for Alonso of all people, which strongly suggests that Renault never let him fulfill his potential. But just wondering, what makes you think Alonso improved from 2004-2006? I’d say the Renault just got a lot better. Alonso was always an exceptional driver, but Renault were not WDC material until 2005.

          3. To be honest, there’s not too much factual to those views, it’s how I felt at the time about them. Renault (well, Briatore at least) never tried to hide the fact they were supporting Alonso over anyone else. Meanwhile I kept and eye on Alonso since his victory in Hungary 2003 and from then until his second title, I kept noticing he improved. His raw speed was already there, but his strategy, tyre saving, dealing with traffic, all improved. He had some silly mistakes in 2003 and 2004 (Brazil 2003 and the aforementioned tripping over backmarkers in 2004) and in 2005 he didn’t always look very feisty in battles. Of course, the Renault improved significantly those years, but Alonso was growing as well.

            Trulli and Fisichella are two drivers I always mention as ‘lost talents’, like Alesi or Berger. Never at the right team at the right time. Trulli and Fisichella might have had the right car at Renault, but then, Barrichello had some amazing cars at Ferrari, but nobody would argue that was the right team for him to win a championship.

          4. @npf1
            Definitely Trulli, but I’m very skeptical about Fisichella. Favouritism or not, he was never really a match for Alonso unlike Trulli.

  8. Raikkonen would be much of a help for Alonso to win the WDC compared to what Massa was. So in this aspect Alonso must be happy, but anyway we don’t know how the competitive Ferrari will be…we aren’t competitive next year i have the feeling that Alonso may jump to Red Bull. and if Alonso isn’t just interested in beating teammates but winning WDC if Ferrari can’t deliver next year,i have the feeling that we may lose the best driver on the grid…hope that James and Rory make the right call.

  9. As Martin Brundle has so rightly said, F1 needs this. Great drivers need to be seen to prove themselves, and a Alonso-Massa, Vettel-Ricciardo line-up in 2014 wouldn’t have allowed that to have happened. Ferrari can sometimes get stuck in its ways, so it is nice to this departure from convention.

    In terms of Fernando’s reaction, I think the assumption that Alonso is the same as he was 2007 and therefore will not react well, couldn’t be further from truth, and people like Jackie Stewart should know that, which is why his recent remarks are nothing less than absurd. I was shot down in flames a few months ago for daring to suggest that Raikkonen could mount a serious challenge on Vettel if he joined him at Red Bull, so on that basis surely the notion that Raikkonen could challenge Alonso at Ferrari is even more outrageous, initially at least. Alonso has nothing to worry about, and probably is pleased by the fact that his team will motivated by the return of an ex-Ferrari champion. Can we agree on these basic facts? Alonso is likely to outqualify Kimi, yes? Alonso is likely to get a better start, yes? And therefore Alonso is 9 times out of 10 going to be ahead of Kimi going in turn 1 next year, yes? Why then is Alonso apparently throwing some kind of tantrum? He’s why; he isn’t.

    On paper, Ferrari are the championship favourites in 2014. They have what is now unquestionably the best driver line-up, they have James Allison, a man second only to Adrian Newey, and the have the added advantage of making their engines “in house”, and are therefore able to integrate the torque characteristics with the chassis, something that “customer” teams like Red Bull will be unable to do. On that basis, cross-hairs in Milton Keynes, Brackley, Woking and Enstone will be set firmly on Maranello next year. However, there is another factor coming into play here; pressure. Undoubtedly, all eyes will be on Ferrari next year, and in the past, even when the elements seem to be clicking together for Ferrari, the Ferrari technical team have still managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. That’s said, my money’s on Ferrari next year…

    1. @william-brierty

      something that “customer” teams like Red Bull will be unable to do

      I’m not sure if they’re a customer team per se. They seem to have a very close relationship with Renault. Even if Renault are forced to do the “divide and rule” policy enforced by FIA, Red Bull have a close relationship with Infiniti/Nissan, who might help develop their Renaults, seeing as the French manufacturer owns a big stake in Nissan.

      1. @wsrgo No, you’re quite right in saying that Red Bull isn’t strictly a costumer team, but they certainly are disadvantaged in comparison to Ferrari and Mercedes in that they don’t have the extensive access to the characteristics of the V6s that teams that build their engines “in-house” do. That may well be a noticeable penalty in 2014, and almost certainly will hamper the campaigns of “customer” teams like McLaren. And I highly doubt Infinity will offer much help in terms of engine development. They are handed standard Nissan cars with standard Nissan engines and “pimp” them so they suitable for a higher end of the market. End of. No engine expertise needed. And on top of that, since 2011 Red Bull have branded their engines not as Renault, but as “Infinity power”, and it is not a secret that that has not endeared Red Bull to Renault. Had the works Renault team not folded following “crash-gate”, then Red Bull would be somewhat compromised as Renault’s second team and facing a similar scenario as the one McLaren is now. And even though Red Bull are unquestionably the team Renault will put the most effort in, they still won’t be able to integrate the engine and chassis to a level that Mercedes and Ferrari can.

  10. As for any in-team fireworks; maybe Alonso will be less than happy about Raikkonen coming on board, but I can’t see a repeat of 2007 happening.

    In 2007, by many accounts, the McLaren team was divided between their garages. Alonso came in thinking he’d be the #1 driver, but McLaren had great interests in bringing Hamilton in, since he was their prodigy. There was a lot at stake for both Alonso and McLaren to make their cases and with Spygate also happening, things got very explosive.

    Alonso signed on to Ferrari when Massa’s star was rising. He beat Raikkonen on merit in 2008 and was doing so in 2009 until his crash. For all he knew, he was going up against a driver who beat a driver who equaled his win tally in 2005. It’s been a couple of years as well, so it’s safe to say Alonso has matured a little as well, being away from Briatore as a team leader since 2009 as well.

    Alonso is established at Ferrari, unlike he was at McLaren. Kimi has a history with Ferrari, but nowhere near the kind of connection Hamilton had with Dennis/McLaren in 2007. I think Alonso and Raikkonen will do fine in a team together and any fear Alonso might have about politics will be put down as soon as Raikkonen delivers his trademark shrug.

  11. This could also mark the end of an era in terms of great team-radio between Massa and Smedley

  12. I think Alonso should not worry too much. Both Kimi and him are very good drivers: no question about that.
    But Alonso does work and does care about setting up the car and making it evolve. Kimi doesn’t, he’s a bit lazy.

    So between these 2 very gifted drivers, the work will make the difference.

    1. @bebilou +100 You sir have looked into the future.

    2. This is a relly weird move by ferrari, i think that this wasnt a move that montezemolo whanted, but im starting to believee james allison wanted kimi, so maybe hes not the lazy developer you think he is.

    3. @bebilou

      Kimi doesn’t, he’s a bit lazy.</blockquote
      Funnily enough, none of his previous employers have that complaint against him. What makes us think he’s lazy? Do we know his daily schedule?

    4. I don’t think he is lazy. He’s done a fine job at Lotus, getting them to perform far beyond previous years, with a smaller budget than others. He just has a more unassuming personality than Alonso and can be a bit of a joker.

    5. What I mean is all greatest champions in recent F1 history (Senna, Prost, Schumacher) worked hard. Very very hard.
      I read that Senna’s engineers, in the evening, sometimes feared to see him in the hotel: because Senna could very well spend a couple of hours with them to defrief once again.

      Does Kimi do that ? No. He does his job, and a damn good one. But that’s all.

    6. Interview from Cesare Fiorio on Autosport, about Kimi:
      “You need physical, technical and psychological effort and, from what I know and have seen, he’s the type of guy who takes his bag and leaves shortly after the sessions.
      I don’t know how much technical contribution he can bring.”

  13. Suck it Alonso, You are a great drive. No doubt abt it … very complete in all sense but also get ready to get beaten by Kimi.

    Go Kimi Go …

    PS – For all those who think Alonso is going to beat Kimi etc … Will wait for 2014 for you to eat your words !

    1. @Pankit

      Im a Ferrari fan and yes i think that Alonso will beat Raikkonen and if happens the opposite i will be the first to acknowledge that and say that i was wrong.
      I have only one question…
      Will you do the same as me if Alonso beat Raikkonen ?

    2. More than the drivers, the fans are fighting :P

    3. Alonso is not the fastest, Alonso is not the most consistent, Alonso is not the best developer but even a non-fan of his says he’s the most complete. This hype around Alonso is getting even more boring than Vettel’s constantly winning. He wasn’t able to beat a rookie LH and showed poor sportmanship yet he wasn’t booed and now he’s praised as “the most complete driver”. Mad world

      1. The most complete driver who can’t qualify…. :P

        1. Please tell me. If Alonso is such a bad qualifier than why did he out-qualify everyone on the field in 2005 and 06? In fact he had 6 pole positions in 05 and another 6 in 06. Same number as Vettel in 2012 and 2013 (so far).

        2. and oh, the guy out-qualified Jacques Villeneuve and Jos Verstappen in a freakin Minardi at the 2001 US GP in his first year in f1.

      2. He isn’t the best in any of the respective fields. Hamilton and Vettel are better at Qualifying and I’d rate him at the same level as Hamilton and Vettel in terms of race pace but when looking at the overall picture I can see why people would call him the most complete driver.

        Although I do believe he’ll soon lose that title to Vettel. The way Vettel has been driving this year is nothing short of impressive. Very consistent, very fast and without (any considerable) error.

    4. well bbc reports, when they spoke to engineer who worked for both, said alonso would win against kimi in both quali and opening laps of race.

    5. @Pankit How about Ferrari giving Red Bull some proper beating and Seb finally crying with his finger down

  14. Is Rory Byrne designing the 2014 car

    1. I think Byrne will not design the 2014 car (which I believe is already done) but will only act as a consultant.

  15. That will be the definitive proof for Alonso to demonstrate if he is the best driver . Imagine that Raikkonen wins next year the championship…

    1. That would be the biggest slap on sooo many faces if that happens :)

      1. I would be laughing for month if that happens :-)))

      2. No.
        Biggest slap would be if Kimi enters being a double champ and then beats Alonso fair and square.

        1. How’s that bigger? O.o

          1. @lari Possibly through Raikkonen being a 3x champ, along with Vettel, with Alonso still only on 2.

  16. Would [Kimi] give up a clear shot at a race win while still in contention for the championship, as Massa did for Alonso at Hockenheim three years ago? Would he tolerate Ferrari purposefully earning him a five-place grid penalty so his team mate could gain a position on the grid, as they did in America last year? Or spend time trying to help his team mate in qualifying by giving him a tow, as Massa did last weekend?

    Definitely not, but Alonso has not managed to win a single championship even with a team mate who never once took point away from him. To win the title again, he’ll need first of all to beat Raikkonen, who will have equal equipment. That is the biggest obstacle, and with Massa he was always the best candidate for the title.
    I hope Kimi can start off by equalling Alonso and then start beating him. I like Kimi as a driver and not Alonso, although I have found myself forced to support him since he became part of Ferrari. Now my hopes are in another driver, and best of luck to him.

    1. I can’t see Kimi signing a contract to be secured #2 driver in Ferrari, he’s not gonna bow like the former brazilians (sorry, no pun to brazil in general). So I trust Ferrari to hand him equal equipment and give equal chances to drive for positions. Now all we need to hope is 1) Ferrari builds a good car&enginer for 2013 and 2) Kimi settles in as fast as possible in Ferrari. Though if he doesn’t, he can always mimic Hamilton when reasoning his results, or the lack of them ;)

  17. I don’t really see Alonso beating Raikkonen, let alone “easily”.
    But I’m absolutely delighted at the chance of being proven completely and utterly wrong about that!

    1. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
      12th September 2013, 5:51

      @stefanauss Both are top drivers. Obviously one will come out on top, though the competition will be very close. No “easy” wins, as some people have mentioned here. IMHO, we will know who has the upper hand mid-way through 2014. Anything before that is just speculation.

  18. Although I don’t think there will be m(any) issues with Alonso and Kimi, Alonso may not be very happy with Kimi not contributing much to the development of the car.

  19. Hah ferrari that is an awesome move :D had the balls to put two nr1 in team. I however bet on alonso

  20. raikonnen won the championship in 07 mainly because of hamiltons failures in the last 2 races. after that he got worse and worse. his good results at lotus are helped by
    lotus’ good tyre wear. he is not the great driver he was in 03 to 05. on the other hand alonso has improved as he gets older.

    1. LOL. Alonso was so luck in 05 and 06. Other drivers didn’t score points :P .. MSC had engine failure. :D

      1. Lucky.

      2. Really? Stop writing biased facts!! Alonso two races before or a race before Schumacher had that engine problem Alonzo’s engine also blew up, and that was either in Germany, Italy or in silver stone.

    2. Has there ever been a WDC or even a race winner who, in the end, didn’t have better luck, material and reliability than his opponents? I’ll wait.

    3. I doubt you really followed F1 back then.
      pre-2005, who’s the ones who could challenge MSC? Hakkinen, Coulthard, Montoya, Raikkonen, Barrichello. Alonso’s still developing. 2005? Ferrari dropped like a stone. ALO only won the championship because Kimi and McLaren literally had problems every weekends! 2006 – best performance by Alonso, no doubt about that. MSC was strong too. 2007 – McLaren as superior as Ferrari. Result? RAI got the championship with 6 wins. ALO and HAM 4 wins, MAS 3 wins.
      Post 2007? Raikkonen was dropping yes. However Alonso had not have better better form I should say.

      Since then, Alonso was growing stronger as a driver. He regarded as the most completed driver. Kimi? after back from rallying, people is also rating him higher than before. Alonso maybe better than Kimi. but why say that now, while we got next year to prove that?

      1. @adityafakhri

        In 2006 Alonso started very well and Ferrai was off the pace in the first part of the season and after getting their performance back Schumacher dominated the field and was on verge to overcome Alonso until teh last two races where he experienced mechanical problems.

  21. I just hope Ferrari build a car competitive enough to fight for the WDC next year. It would be such an anti-climax if Alonso and Raikkonen end up fighting it out for 5th and 6th in the championship.

    It will be an interesting matchup as i see them as having similar strengths as drivers. I don’t think either is lacking in qualifying, but i think their main strengths are on race day; strong race pace, decisive when overtaking, but can play the percentages when necessary, which is why they are such consistent points scorers.

    I expect Alonso to come out on top. He has the advantage of being in the team the last few years and possibly having the car more designed to his preferences (although next year’s car is a clean slate so Kimi may be able to have some input still). I also expect him to show just a fraction more outright pace over the season, although this is just opinion and i’m sure others will have the opposite view.

    Either way, it makes for an exciting prospect. I just hope it’s a close contest and they have the car to make it matter!

  22. I think Ferrari rehiring Raikkonen is an excellent idea and shows that the team knows they need to change in order to start winning championships again.

    Alonso has been the closest competitor to Vettel and Red Bull in recent years but without a strong team mate to take points of Seb its no real surprise that he’s won nothing since joining the team. It’s all good and well if Massa gets a podium now and then but he has spent quiet a while floundering in 8th place while Alonso brings the bulk of the points. The addition of Kimi to the team will certainly change all that considering how consistent he is. Not to mention he knows the team well so hopefully settling in will not be an issue.

    The only problem with having both Alonso and Raikkonen (aside from the whole number 1 and number 2 driver stuff) is that both drivers are getting old and so Ferrari don’t appear the have a plan for the future. However it’s not like the talent pool has decreased and I’m sure when the time comes, Ferrari will replace them with worthy successors.

    Overall I think this is the best driver line up I’ve seen in a long time and Ferrari will certainly be strong favourites to take the constructors title. I just hope that both drivers are willing to compromise and help each other if the situation arises that one needs to take the number two role. Hopefully though that won’t be the case as I’m fairly certain if Ferrari build a good car, both will be challenging for the title come the final race.

  23. i would’ve preferred the Hulk driving in red, but this combination will at least be source for some great fireworks on the grid :)

  24. Interesting. We’ll see what happens, but I must say, replacing Massa with Raikkonen has increased my respect for Ferrari. Only time will tell how this will pan out.

  25. interesting tweet by andrew benson, linked at the end of the article, saying alo will have the best of raikko on qualy and first laps of races.
    No mention on final laps of races, where points are made and victories are taken.
    That’s where raikko will be ahead of alonso.

  26. Whether Alonso defeats Kimi or Kimi defeats Alonso, one thing is for sure : one driver’s reputation is gonna be hit. These two have been near the front end of the grid for the last 10 years in different teams with different team mates. Hence, a direct comparison has never been possible.
    This is a great news for the neutral F1 fans. However, for fans of the specific drivers, this is a crunch time.

    1. Most likely one of them will take a hit when other one comes out as winner, but so what? Alonso took a hit at 2007 and eventhough it’s mentioned alot, it really wasn’t that big blow for him, he still managed to get good profile as F1 driver and big fan pool. And this is without him winning any more WDC’s since. So, it’s not the end of the world to get a hit.

      1. But there is a difference. If the driver is beaten, it will be the second time in their careers. Alonso was matched by Hamilton and Kimi was beaten by Massa in 2008-09.

        And the first hit did setback both their careers. Alonso had to spend 2 years in uncompetitive machinery and Kimi had to spend 2 years out of the sport.

        A second failure to beat their team mate could well result into ouster from the list of the top-tier F1 drivers.

        1. Except that Alonso didn’t *have to* spend 2 years in uncompetitive machinery, he *wanted to* move out of McLaren. Also Raikkonen didn’t *have to* leave the sport, also it wasn’t because of that, it was because they wanted Alonso in and Santander brought the cash to do it. Raikkonen could’ve moved to another team, but he was already fed up with the politics since 2008 so he *wanted to* take a break. And neither of them will be considered any less after 2014 season, they’re still among the top4 drivers of the grid regardless.

          1. Okay, okay.. but Alonso was never WDC after that.

    2. I think Alonso has got more to lose than Kimi. At the moment he’s regarded as the best driver in F1 and Kimi, although showed that he still can race, has more “cool” factor to his image than being the best.

  27. This will end in tears. For Fernando. Luca is not sentimental about his lead drivers. Schumacher, Raikkonen went down the plank when Luca got tired of them. Now Raikkonen, former victim of this caprice, is back because Luca is tired of reading about Alonso’s cool samurai tweets in the papers, and his ego got a hurt because someone else at the company seems more important than him. For a team that prides itself on hierarchy, to bring in two WDCs, only tells you that one of the two is on the plank. Alonso should hustle himself over to Boullier and elbow Mr. Hulkenberg out of line. He doesn’t want to be left with nothing but FI/Sauber in 2015.

  28. Regardless of who beats who next year, people will just say that one driver got better equipment than the other, as they do about RedBull.

    They are both very consistent performers and Ferrari will surely be favourites for the 2014 constructors championship, it’s hard to imagine they won’t have 2 cars in the top 6 every race weekend.

    I really hope somebody can challenge Vettel next year. Perhaps Lotus will pull a beast out of the bag, or the new regs mint help Mercedes, but I already think it’ll be SV for drivers and SF for constructors.

  29. BRAVO Ferrari!!!
    I’m so excited…..

  30. I never thought this day would come. My two favourite F1 drivers driving for my favourite team, whoever wins would make me equally happy. I can’t wait to see Kimi wearing red again.
    It’s all speculation about who’se gonna beat who until next season. But this is the most exciting pairing ever. It would definetly raise the bar for both drivers and they will try beating each other at any cost but I don’t believe it would end up in tears like McLaren in 2007.
    Speaking of McLaren – now that’s a team that is really fcked right now. They don’t have any of the ‘best drivers’ and that I think will cost them dearly. Expect them to be the top of the midfield again in 2014.

    1. For all we know Pérez could be one of the top drivers of the future, anyway if the car is dominant even an ok driver can fight for a championship, 2015 is the best chance Mclaren will have.

    2. If McLaren produce a very good car and the Mercedes engine is more advanced than the others, as speculated, then they might not be ******, regardless of their driver line-up. For all we know the Ferrari might be a dog of a car and Alonso will be fighting Raikkonen to just get in the points. Remember 2009 when Hamilton, Kubica and Alonso were fighting for the lower places sometimes?

  31. I think it is going to be just fine. Lewis and Jenson drover together for McLaren without much of a Fuss . I think it will turn out to be just like that.

    But my bet. Alonso will have a slight edge on Kimi in the race while Kimi will edge Alonso in the Qualifying .

  32. Love both drivers. I’m a fan of ferrari solely because of Fer. But I think Ferrari made a mistake bringing Kimi back. I hope I’m wrong but I’m almost certain that sooner or later, a civil war is gonna unfold inside that team . Both drivers have HUGE egos and they wont accept by any means being #2’s. This is not gonna end well. Save my words.

  33. Ferrari wishes to win and there is no room for complacency. With Byrne, Fry, Allison, Alonso, Raikkonen on the team Ferrari have the best people they can get to challenge Red Bull. A lot can happen when the lights go out and the cars are driven in anger. The number one driver at Ferrari next season will be the one who scores the most points. Alonso has the opportunity to demonstrate his driving skills and his level of maturity with another world champion on the same team. Kimi has already proven he can have a pragmatic view for teamwork at the right time. I respect the approach Ferrari is taking and their desire to win. There are already many predictions about what will and won’t happen next season with Alonso, Raikkonen and Ferrari. The intriguing fact is that nobody really knows, we must watch and see.

  34. Alonso-Raikonen in “Alo-Massa Hockenheim 2010” situation:
    —>Radio: “Kimi, Alonso is faster than you!”. Kimi: “Yeah, than why is he behind me..???” ;)

  35. One thing is certain: Kimi never will accept crashing his car into the wall! Remember Singapore 2008?
    Alonso is the worst champion in the history of Formula 1 for his lack of sportsmanship.

    1. As has been stated so many times, Alonso knew nothing of the plans to crash Piquet’s car.

      1. Who can know for sure? All we know for fact is that Alonso was a key member in that team along with Briatore and a few others and usually key people know the same things. But as I said, we can’t know for sure, since what people say in public isn’t the same as what happened in a lot of cases, but they know we can’t prove them wrong so they just say it.

        1. In the civilized world one is considered innocent until proven guilty.

  36. Big Ferrari fan and massive fan of both drivers. What a lineup, arguably the strongest since Senna and Prost at McLaren. How Alonso reacts I dont know but hopefully he reacts in a positive manner. Cant wait to see the Iceman at Ferrari. As long as one of them brings the drivers title I dont mind. Just dont crash into each other.

  37. I don’t think I particularly agree that Ferrari now have two “roosters”.

    Raikkonen is more like an ostrich. Goes for very very fast for a short period of time, then buries his head in the sand until it’s time to go running again.

    1. @mouse_nightshirt – What a comparison!!
      Are you the Horse Whisperer?

    2. If we want to analyse that more, I think Kimi actually does more motoring sports in his spare time than Alonso, which would indicate he goes fast inbetween races too ;)

  38. It’s going to be amazing to see 2 competitive Ferrari’s next year. I can’t wait! Now Ferrari, please, DESIGN A COMPETITIVE CAR!

    I’m a Hamilton fan but I’d love to see Ferrari design the fastest car and for those two to battle it out for the title.

  39. It’s a great driver pairing and can’t wait for the 2014 season …

    By reading the comments I get the feeling that many people wants to see them(especially Alonso) fighting off the track than on the track …. I wonder if these two were to get along well at Ferrari quite a lot of people will be disappointed… really sad, Rather than hoping to see great on track battles between them many people want to see them creating a rift in Ferrari…

  40. Fernando Alonso has brought this upon himself. His risky take has been, since last year, that when he does well, it is Alonso, and when he doesn’t, it’s the bad car. Last year’s assessments of the car were completely blown out of proportions, when Alonso stated that his car was around a second slower than the Red Bull – where was he living? Him asking for a better car for his birthday was only another example of him putting pressure on the team, but keeping the glory mostly to himself. He might have even had an agenda of getting rid of Stefano to maybe have Flavio run the team.
    Hiring Kimi was a victory for the current team chef, and, let’s be honest, a clear defeat for Alonso. I’m not quite sure that this was the end of that.

    1. I had a similar thought when the news broke. Last year he was placed among the gods by the media and his big fan base and praised as the best driver in F1, and voted as the “Driver of the Year” by the team principals and drivers. Although he had a very good year I don’t necessarily agree with that image of Alonso as it was in big part build and promoted by himself, as you mentioned too. Also the media needed to hype up Alonso so the comparisons with Vettel were more interesting. As for the Driver of the Year, I think other teams and drivers were a bit envious of Red Bull and Vettel’s success.
      However, this year after the good start things went backwards and Alonso started again with the same story, that the car is not good. I think Ferrari doesn’t share this opinion. Is it possible that other teams made such a big progress in a short time while Ferrari stagnated? Or it may be Alonso is getting complacent with his star status in the team and demands more from others while not putting enough himself.
      I think Ferrari wanted to shake up Alonso a little bit and make him more focused so he’ll start performing even better.
      As for who’ll get on top at Ferrari, we’ll see next year. Ferrari wouldn’t care too much as long as they are on the top of the standings.

  41. The explosive consequences of Alonso’s demands for preferential treatment not being met are well known

    I do not want to re-open a long debate about that, but it seems to me you put like facts, things that up to date are merely opinions. We have only heard opinions of British press and Ron Dennis declarations (and not regarding Alonso demands) but the other part (Alonso and his stakeholders) were obliged to sign a NDA before leaving the team. Are you not curious about what have Alonso to say about that year? I’m pretty sure there is another complete different view of what happened. Probably will not be the “absolute truth” in Alonso side but definitively is not in the other either.

    1. +1, completely agree with you .

      “Relations between Alonso and McLaren deteriorated to the extent that he tipped the FIA off about the team’s use of confidential information from (ironically) Ferrari ”

      I thought Ron Dennis’s “allegation” was that Alonso threatened him that he will reveal the whole spy gate thing to FIA and Ron Dennis himself phoned the FIA…

  42. Thankfully F1 is not conducted in a play ground. Alonso is quoted in Italy as being happy with the appointment and the challenge. Raikkonen much the same. Can it only be in the UK one is accused of being a blackmailer and the other only eats ice cream? Time to grow up people and understand that the team everyone either loves or hates has the best line up for next year. With the new regs don’t expect anything but surprises. The RBR may be the best car now because the regulations suited the Newey design. Some of us (old enough) remember when his cars couldn’t finish a race. Williams/force India could have the fastest car next year the same way brawn appeared from nowhere.

  43. Weather Alonso beats Raikkonen or vice versa. They will take care of Vettel and Seb and thats enough for me to be extremely happy :)

    1. *Vettel and RedBull

      1. @f1rollout I thought they were the same. Aren’t they? (Just kidding)

  44. At least, most journalists and fans will stop saying about Alonso that he is blocking or vetoing some decisions)
    Sorrowfully, Massa is out, but I’m extremely happy with these news.
    As I remember, Alonso and Raikkonen almost haven’t fought against each other for a position. I mean, their fights were more strategic (“who is going to make better pit stop call”). They didn’t directly fight for a position, when someone attacks and the other defends. And now, my wish is realized.

  45. I wonder what red bull make of this, Ricciardo is a decent driver and may improve in the future but would they have gone for him if they thought Kimi would go to Ferrari?. Red bull have taken a risk with there number 2 and could it prove costly?. A lot has been made of how Alonso will feel about this appointment but should the question be how will Red Bull feel about this appointment.

    1. My guess is that Kimi already had an agreement with Ferrari when RB announced Ricciardo. They knew they lost the opportunity to hire Kimi. I was hoping for Kimi to drive a RB car since 2009, but now I believe it’s for the best that he’s returned to Ferrari.

  46. Yeah they will drive fast.
    yeah they will compete regularly on track and in the garage.
    We really want to see a soap opera when Kimi tells Domenically..NO

  47. Indeed the intriguing thing is that we cannot know what is going to happen. With the massive regulation changes, there will likely be a few surprises. Will Lotus be any good next season? With Hulks luck, if he goes there, they will end up fighting with the back markers. Will Williams be resurgent with their Mercedes power? Will Ferarri’s V6 be competitive? Who is likely to do the best with the new regulations? Lots of very interesting and fun questions.

  48. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
    12th September 2013, 6:13


    That’s where raikko will be faster than alonso.

    That is interesting. I’m just asking, how did you make that statement? From Andrew Benson’s tweet?

    1. well…first thing first my comment was quite a provocation based on that tweet, wich seems to predict the future.
      point his, the guy talks about qualy and first laps, but makes no mention on middle and final parts of races, so one could point out that in that phases is not alo having the best of raikkonen.
      as a pure logical consequence one could say it’s the opposite, and that’s where it’s intended to be slightly funny.
      but anyway apart from the tweet and the joke, having watched f1 since 2001 I must agree with the guy (alonso probably better in qualy and first laps) and also myself (raikkonen being a beast able to put fast laps after fast laps in middle and final part of races)
      so that’s how I made that statement:half joke based on how the tweet is written, half on what I see watching races

      1. second line: point is*

  49. Does anyone know if Kimi speaks italian???? can’t wait to hear him tell the pit wall what he thinks can for see allot of go BLEEP your self!! its going to be great!!

  50. It will be close but I think Alonso will beat Raikkonen

  51. I think Kimi could have the measure of Fernando next season. Alonso is all flustered by this, whilst Raikkonen must be rubbing his hands with glee. He’ll come into the team, keep his head down and get on with it, driving at his best, whereas Alonso will probably continue to be all flustered and hot-headed, and lose out as a result.

  52. look out red bull..the prancing horse is showing its teeth in 2014

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